addams wrote:xkcd raised someone.
Quite a few, actually.
ucim wrote:"No one will ever take Cheese's Place."
a number of OTTers managed to trace its origins pretty well. Start here.
Heh. It's fairly wide of the mark, which makes you think how many historians have missed a teeny-tiny nuance and, from there, gone completely off-track.
What phlip said is only partially true. There was some drama involving Hermaj and Meaux_Pas, as they had been in a long-term relationship when they were both living in Kuala Lumpur. Hermaj returned to Finland, to live with RealGrouchy and thefiddler, and arranged a meet-up with Cheese (whose former username was OtherDuck). OtherDuck then expressed their feelings for Hermaj, to the chagrin on Meaux_Pas, and as Hermaj's surname was Sieni (Finnish for 'mushroom'), Meaux added a mushroom to their avatar in a kind of 'I'm watching you' way. OtherDuck, who meanwhile had become OtterDuck, and was now Cheese (I think) by this point, also turned their avatar into a mushroom, both of which were drawn by SpitValve (a secret administrator of the site, who turned evil and would log in as any of the three and send PMs in their name, impersonating the user to a T). From the moderator logs, it looks as though SecondTalon stumbled upon SpitValve's chicanery, tried to put a stop to it, and found their entire post history had been wiped (davean spent nearly 6 months attempting to manually replace all the missing posts). Hammer called the cops, and SpitValve, I believe, eventually had the charges against him dropped, as Dr. Gordon (a key witness and resident banana) refused to testify. This all went on behind closed doors, of course, but it took a toll on the mental wellbeing of Hermaj, Meaux_Pas, Cheese, SecondTalon, and jestingrabbit, who unfortunately got mixed up in the tryst (though that is another story). The whole "No. One. Will. Be. Taking. Cheese's. Spot." comment was, essentially, the straw that broke the camel's back. It was Hermaj's code for 'I'm sorry for all the hurt caused, but I'm willing to make things right.' After the Cheese's Spot comment, many of the moderators would pose as Cheese, in jest of course, and when this was discovered, an in-joke ("We are all Cheese") sprang up. It quickly spread to other boards, like the Free 'n' Destitute (With Hookers 'n' Blackjack) forum, and soon enough "We Are All Cheese" became a way of michaelandjimi trying to lay a sick burn on other users (which devolved into a brief flourishing meme based upon the classic ¡This Cheese Is Burning Me!
meme. It got tiring and an ultimatum was issued (now boneyarded) demanding the cessation of cheese-related memes. Cheese retired from the forums, and has made peace with Hermaj and Meaux_Pas, who are still good friends to this day. For my part, I attempted to be peacemaker on two occasions, but it just lead to me and thetankengine having a huge, embarrassing public fall-out, which I grovellingly apologised for after ragequitting in about... 2009? Turns out, only Hammer can prevent forest fires.
Hope that clears things up.